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  • In a damning report, the Treasury select committee says that with the yield on government bonds at near-record lows, using a PFI deal for a new infrastructure project could end up costing up to 1.7 times as much as paying for it directly out of the public purse.

    Private finance initiatives a costly 'drug' to taxpayer, MPs tell chancellor

  • NEW YORK—The options market is signaling near-record anticipation for major stock swings in Rambus Inc. as jurors in California are set to deliberate over its long-running legal battle with Micron Technology Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc.

    Market Expects Near-Record Swings in Rambus Amid Litigation

  • With borrowing rates near historic lows, profit margins have been at near-record levels.

    Mortgage REITs Hit by Uncertainty

  • "When you have near-record unemployment and home foreclosures and a health and obesity problem with youth and adults, that is a terrible time to be taking away the close-to-home recreation opportunities for these folks," said Phil McNelly, executive director of the National Association of State Park Directors.

    California Puts Brake on Parks

  • The data marked the beginning of an investor pullback from near-record bullish bets as investors became less enamored with commodities.

    Selloff Scares Away Few Bulls

  • The rare-earth minerals sector is drawing near-record short interest as bearish investors bet against its previously highflying stocks.

    Rare-Earth Firms Prove a Common Focus for Shorts

  • That fee—along with a shortage of Treasury securities—has caused average rates for overnight borrowing and lending in the repo market to fall to near-record lows.

    Money-Market Funds: How Low Can They Go?

  • Indeed, U.S. airlines overall had record or near-record safety performances while big carriers, such as United Airlines, were restructuring under federal bankruptcy protection.

    FAA to Swiftly Step Up Safety Inspection of American Airlines, Affiliate

  • The weak data demonstrate the difficulties Japan's export-oriented manufacturers are facing as they try to cope with the yen at near-record levels, the uncertainties posed by the European debt crisis, and weak global demand.

    Japan Current Account Contracts; Machinery Orders Fall

  • By contrast, India's demand for gold fell 7% to 933.4 tons in 2011 from 1,006.3 tons the previous year, the WGC said, as rupee weakness against the U.S dollar kept domestic prices at near-record levels in the last quarter.

    China Set to Surpass India as Top Gold Buyer

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